Greenberg Traurig is once more boosting its Miami merchandise legal responsibility workforce, bringing on Alexandra Bach Lagos, a companion from Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
It’s the most recent companion rent for the Miami workforce, which has expanded within the final 18 months, whereas the agency mentioned enterprise hasn’t slowed down in the course of the pandemic.
Regardless of the cancellation of trials all through 2020, the Miami merchandise legal responsibility apply had the busiest yr in its four-year historical past, mentioned Greenberg Traurig vice chair Lori Cohen in an interview. “It’s been extraordinarily busy. I don’t wish to speak about numbers, however I might simply say we stored up a really, very hectic tempo. I don’t take that with no consideration,” she mentioned. “We might’ve used Alex right here sooner, we have been that busy.”
Shareholder Sabrina Gallo was the Miami workforce’s solely shareholder between 2017 and 2019, when Rebecca Ocariz arrived from Akerman. The agency employed lateral companion Enjoliqué Aytch Lett, additionally from Akerman, in November. Bach Lagos, who has represented tobacco corporations resembling Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in hundreds of Florida lawsuits, began Wednesday.
Now 4 shareholders and 5 associates, Greenberg’s Miami merchandise legal responsibility workforce is the agency’s second-biggest merchandise legal responsibility apply primarily based on head rely, behind Atlanta. Cohen mentioned that in 2020, the attorneys labored extensively on digital hearings and depositions and counseling shoppers on COVID-19-related points.
Gallo mentioned the backlog of 2020 circumstances alerts a good busier 2021. “I undoubtedly see that rising the quantity of labor that now we have,” Gallo mentioned in an interview. “If we discover somebody who’s tremendous proficient and has expertise within the space, we actually are open to rising.”
The apply defends medical machine corporations resembling Medtronic and pharmaceutical corporations like Novartis in mass torts, litigating circumstances involving hernia mesh, vaginal mesh, IV filters, the anti-hypertensive drug Valsartan, the antihistamine Zantac and others. The Miami workforce works with different Greenberg merchandise legal responsibility litigators on circumstances throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Cohen, the Greenberg vice chair, mentioned Bach Lagos’ intensive work in high-profile tobacco circumstances made her an amazing asset for the workforce. “Clearly, these are hard-fought battles and I believe the work there and the expertise there and the willingness to go in and struggle these difficult circumstances will work to our shoppers’ profit in these circumstances,” she mentioned.
Bach Lagos has spent her 15-year authorized profession at Shook Hardy.
In an interview, she declined to debate the shoppers she would proceed to serve at Greenberg however mentioned she regarded ahead to the chance to raised serve them by offering them with counsel for all of their authorized wants. The potential for inside referrals inside Greenberg Traurig additionally motivated the transfer, she mentioned.
“I believed I may benefit from inside referrals from current agency shoppers, resembling referrals from the company division to the litigation division, which was a chance I didn’t have at my prior agency,” Bach Lagos mentioned.
“This workforce can be a testomony to the power of feminine networking,” Bach Lagos added. “Every of us have been beforehand linked to 1 one other previous to becoming a member of Greenberg Traurig, and I believe Sabrina [Gallo] as the top of the merchandise workforce in Miami gave a variety of thought to the kind of workforce she needed to construct.”
Ocariz and Bach Lagos labored collectively at Shook Hardy for 10 years, Ocariz mentioned in an interview, including that she additionally labored with Lett at Akerman for a number of years. And Bach Lagos and Gallo, Ocariz mentioned, crossed paths on tobacco litigation regardless of working at completely different companies.
Lett mentioned the all-women workforce’s dedication to range was essential to her when contemplating her choices. “One of many issues that was essential to me as a various lawyer of coloration, particularly on this second, is that I got here to a agency the place, previous to Memorial Day of final yr, range was essential,” Lett mentioned. “Taking a look at plenty of companies, I can’t say that I all the time felt the authenticity of that worth being expressed the best way I didn’t solely at Greenberg Traurig as a agency, however particularly in Lori’s group.”